Building Adaptive Trail Programming: Lessons from the Field

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Building Adaptive Trail Programming: Lessons from the Field

Virtual Training

Webinar Program Administration and Leadership

This webinar will introduce best practices for implementing an adaptive hiking program showcasing two successful programs.

Webinar Outline

While many adaptive sports programs offer general outdoor programming, only a handful have implemented adaptive hiking. In fact, many of the current adaptive hiking programs are led by parks and private property owners.

Starting an adaptive hiking program is tremendously beneficial to organizations and individuals alike—and it may be easier than you think! Whether you are looking to improve pre-existing adaptive programming or are starting fresh, we are here to give you the tools you need to get rolling.

In this session, you’ll learn best practices for implementing an adaptive hiking program, and you’ll hear directly from two different programs—Devin Hemker, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Scott Trager, from Northeast Off-Road Adventures.

Using these innovative programs from around the country as case studies, we will give you concrete information to revitalize accessibility in your community programming.

This presentation covers both motorized and nonmotorized devices, used primarily on natural surfaces, but also applicable to paved surfaces.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how parks and private property owners are accelerating access to adaptive hiking
  • Outline two different adaptive recreation programs, including the types of equipment they use and the how they manage their trails
  • Learn how adaptive hiking programming could be supported by your organization


This is a virtual training.

Trail Core Competencies

Relevant Trail Types

    General. All trail types are relevant.

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Training Dates

Starts May 23, 2024
10:00 AM
Ends May 23
11:00 AM

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